As one of the most aptly named landscapes in the country, the vast scenery of Flaming Gorge may not fit into your camera.
The Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area (NRA) is centered long the 91-mile section of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir and a rugged section of the Green River. The mix of climate and topography provide year-round recreation. The southern part includes colorful, narrow canyons, and conifer forests; the northern part is surrounded by high sagebrush deserts and rock mesas. Campgrounds, lodges, marinas, boat launches, swimming beaches, fishing areas, and hiking/ski trails are available along the 360 miles of shoreline and tucked into mountain retreats. Close at hand are the quaint communities of Manila, Green River, and Dutch John, which have accommodations and other services.
Went there in January of this year to see some great contrasts at Red Canyon overlook! Was sad the restaurant was closed but so was everything else so it made sense. Theres good ice fishing on the northern reaches of the reservoir on both the east and west sides. If you want to cliff dive theres good spots near Mustang Rdge CG, which is one I need to add! This is also a good spot to set your boat off to explore the upper walls of the canyon!
Easy place to camp if you live in southwest Wyoming
During this stay at the Gorge we decided to do some dispersed camping on a peninsula on the west side. There were plenty of spots everywhere but nothing was really developed. Besides that there were gorgeous views all around and many good cliff diving spots. One of our favorite spots is on the east side after you pass the dam. Red Canyon is also another great place to take in the view and get some good pictures.